Matt Kuchar said Wednesday that he doesn’t regret paying caddie David Giral Ortiz $5,000 from the $1.296 million he received for winning the Mayakoba Classic in November.
Mexican caddie David Giral Ortiz said he was offered an additional $15,000, for a total of $20,000, but found that unacceptable. He also said he would not want to work for Kuchar at next year’s tournament.
“No thank you. They can keep their money,” Ortiz told Golf.com’s Michael Bamberger when asked about a possible $15,000 additional payment.
“No thank you. They can keep their money.”
David Giral Ortiz, known as "El Tucan," breaks his silence on his winnings dispute after serving as Matt Kuchar's fill-in caddie at the Mayakoba Classic. https://t.co/sGes4uP7KQ pic.twitter.com/FyoEdsdSbt
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“I am a humble man, who takes care of his family, and works hard. I am reaching out to you to see if you can facilitate me receiving a fair amount for my help with Matt winning $1,296,000. I am not looking to disparage Matt or give him a bad name. Fair is fair, and I feel like I was taken advantage of by placing my trust in Matt,” Ortiz wrote in an email to Mark Steinberg, Kuchar’s agent, Golf.com reported.
Kuchar confirmed to GolfChannel.com that he and Ortiz, his fill-in caddie that week in Mexico, originally agreed to a $3,000 fee for the week with a bonus amount that could up that total to $4,000. After the win, Kuchar confirmed he paid Ortiz $5,000 and also offered him an additional $15,000, which the caddie turned down
“It’s done. Listen, I feel like I was fair and good,” Kuchar told GolfChannel.com. “You can’t make everybody happy. You’re not going to buy people’s ability to be OK with you, and this seems to be a social media issue more than anything. I think it shouldn’t be, knowing that there was a complete, agreed-upon deal that not only did I meet but exceeded.
“So, I certainly don’t lose sleep over this. This is something that I’m quite happy with, and I was really happy for him to have a great week and make a good sum of money. Making $5,000 is a great week.”
A regular caddie would have been paid $130,000. This guy got $5,000 from a player who is a millionaire many times over.
Shows what kind of guy Kuchar is.
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